Community News for 3/21/13 edition

March 20, 2013 

Awana Clubs dinner and auction

Yosemite Lakes Community Church's Awana Clubs are inviting the community to attend their annual dinner and auction beginning at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23 at the church located at 43840 Patrick Ave. in Coarsegold.

There will be preview auction items to look at and silent auction items from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the auction.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12. There will be a free nursery for children under 4 years old.

Details: Church office, (559) 658-7447 or Stacy Soulis, (559) 683-0921.

Bridal fair at Paradise Springs

Paradise Springs is hosting a free Bridal Fair noon - 4 p.m. April 28, featuring more than 30 vendors and wedding professionals who will showcase their services. Many prize drawings will be held throughout the fair including a "Wedding Day" package.

For more info or to pre-register, call Debby Wood, (559) 642-2613 or email to

Trees available from Arbor Foundation

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation's Tree for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between March 1 and May 31 with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to 'Arbor Day,' the foundation's bimonthly publication, and 'The Tree Book,' which contains information about tree planting and care.

To become a member and receive free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Dogwood Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE, 68410, by March 30 or join online at

Free workshop for caregivers

Valley Caregivers Resource Center will present a free workshop for caregivers called, "A look at Alzheimers and other Dementias." The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 26 at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road.

The workshop will cover many of the most frequently asked questions relating to caregiving and dementia. There will be a thorough discussion on the subject along with an opportunity to ask questions about the disease process, caregiving tips, community resources and caregiver burnout.

The workshop is free for family caregivers and some respite care is available.

Those interested in attending should make reservations by calling Valley Caregivers at (800) 541-8614.

Details: Carol Breit, (559) 683-4045.

YHS Adult Education computer classes

Registration is now open for Yosemite High School adult education classes. PowerPoint 2010 will begin this Saturday, March 23.

Other classes that will be held soon, the dates have not yet been announced, include: Intermediate Photoshop, Beginning InDesign, Beginning Illustrator, Beginning Dreamweaver, iPhone and iPad Essential Training, Social Networking, Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010.

All classes are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $25-50.

To be included in the mailing list for upcoming workshops, email Glenn Harmelin at

Disaster planning for deaf/hard of hearing

Mindful Disaster Planning for the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 17 at the Madera County Government Center, 200 W. 4th Street, Madera, CA 93637. The workshop will be presented by the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service Center.

Training is intended for first responders, emergency management agencies, and anyone associated with emergency preparedness planning. Training will cover topics such as subpopulations within the deaf community, methods and mediums of communication, shelter needs and cultural issues. Training will focus on the use of technology and communication methods for this population.

The workshop is being sponsored by the Madera County Public Health Department Emergency Preparedness Program.

RSVP to Marisol Torres, (559) 675-7893 or

Artists' reception this Friday at YHS

The public is invited to attend an artists' reception that will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 22 at the Yosemite High School gallery.

Tim Johnson CD release party/concert

Mountain Area musician Tim Johnson of Sierra Riders Entertainment is releasing his new CD: "American Cowboy Swing" with a CD release party and concert from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 in the outdoor wine bar at Oakhurst's Queen's Inn, 41139 Highway 41.

The concert will feature Johnson (fiddle/guitar/mandolin/vocals) playing alongside band members Arnie Johnson (guitar), Johnny Kilburn (guitar/vocals), Kirk Moulin (bass/vocals), Rich Sirois (accordion) and Mark Albosta (drums).

The concert costs $10.

Details: (559) 683-4354, (559) 301-0033 or

Tony Krizan hiking presentation

Sierra Star hiking columnist Tony Krizan will present a slide show presentation about his nine-day hike and climb through the Minaret Mountains in August at the Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club meeting at 7 a.m., Tuesday, March 26, at River Creek Golf Course, 41709 Road 600, Ahwahnee.

Krizan has been hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains for more than 31 years, is the author of "Wilderness of my Years," and has been writing for the Sierra Star since 2005. He is currently working on an upcoming book titled "Discover Yosemite and her hidden trails."

Krizan's March 26 presentation is free. Breakfast will be available for purchase during the presentation.

Details: Dale Miller, Sierra Sunrise Rotary, (559) 683-0819.

YHS Academic Decathlon

The Yosemite High School Academic Decathlon team, who won the county competition, participated in the four-day state competition that ended March 17 in Sacramento. The small school division was won by Fresno's University High School.

YHS was one of 61 schools to compete state finals.

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